This Premier League season will be the first to have a mid-season break.
A mid-season break is something that lots of leagues in Europe do already.
It has been talked about in England for a long time. Many have called for it. However, others are not in full support of the idea because it is traditional to have lots of games over the Christmas period.
The new Premier League mid-season break will be in February.
It means the league will split a round of matches in February over two weekends, with five matches taking place on the weekend of 8 February 2020 and the other five taking place the following weekend.
Having been used at the World Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Women’s World Cup, VAR will make its debut in the English top flight.
In the Premier League, VAR will only be used for “clear and obvious errors” or “serious missed incidents”, such as goals, penalty decisions, direct red card incidents and cases of mistaken identity.
It has also been confirmed that photographs of VAR incidents will be shown on screens in the stadiums and explained over speakers, so fans will know exactly what is happening.
This rule has been brought in as a direct result of VAR.
A player is currently booked for any over-exuberant celebrations, jumping into the crowd or taking a shirt off.
But now, it has been confirmed a player can even be booked if they score, celebrate in that fashion and the goal then gets disallowed by VAR.
If the ball hits an attacker’s arm during the build-up to a goal it will be disallowed regardless if it was accidental or otherwise.
When there are three or more players in a wall, no player from the opposite team can get among it, distract players or open up a gap for their team-mate to shoot through.
Opponents will now have to be at least one yard away from the wall.
Another change is that referees can allow quick free-kicks to be taken, even when a yellow card is about to be given. This means attacking teams can pass or shoot quickly if there’s a goal-scoring opportunity.
This rule change could mean many more free-kick goals this season.
Up until now, no player is allowed in the box when a goal-kick is to be taken. Now, the goalkeeper can play the ball to defenders inside the penalty area, but opposition players have to remain outside.
Goalkeepers must have one foot on the line while the penalty is being taken.
Meanwhile, the rule creators have decided to reduce the mind games by keepers by prohibiting them from touching the posts before the spot-kick is taken.
If two teams are level on points, goal difference, goals for and goals against, then their place in the table will be determined by their head-to-head record.
In the past, it would have resulted in a play-off between the two sides – something that has never happened before.
Players will no longer slowly jog towards the halfway line while being pestered to hurry up, because under the new rules, they have to leave the pitch at the nearest point to them.
Cards for coaches
Red cards will be given to managers who kick or throw water bottles, along with those who use offensive, insulting or abusive language.
Team captains can now choose which end to attack or if they want to kick off first.
Last season they could only choose which goal to attack.
Now, instead of a tussle, the ball will go to the team that played the ball before the referee stopped play.
On many occasions, this rule will be used when a ball accidentally hits the referee – but only if a team gets an advantage from the referee’s touch.
However, in the event that the referee accidently knocks the ball into the goal in the penalty area, a goal won’t be given and neither will a drop ball.
Instead the ball will be given to the goalkeeper to re-start play.
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